You’re about done with this thing, and I’m about to kick you out of your snuggly little nest with all the rest of your baby bird friends. What to do next? Do you really want to know what I think you should do from here on out? Do you want to know what I am going to do from here on out?
The MYPaleo5. That’s my name for how to roll the other 11 months of the year.
MEDITATION • YOGA • PALEO
How to do the MYPaleo5:
- Do the Indigo30, which is the Whole30 nutritional reset, along with daily yoga every September.
- Genuinely complete the re-introduction, the Fast Track or the Slow Roll, to the best of your ability. Journal what you experience with each food group. Keep it for next year, so you can see what has changed after 11 months.
- When that is complete, adopt a Paleo diet (see Day 3 Blog Post, “Whole30 v. Paleo v. Keto” to review the parameters of a Paleo diet – I also love the website, Paleo on a Budget for really breaking down Paleo in super easy terms. (And she has a recipe for Paleo Maple Bacon Chocolate Chip Cookies, so… yeah.) Go for 80-90% of the time or at least 5 days a week, allowing for leniency and margin during social events, holidays and special occasions.
- Have a willpower plan. Maintain and nurture your small group.
- Meditate and do a mindfulness practice at least 5 days a week. This can range from 5-10 minutes when you wake up (literally, wake up 15 minutes earlier, use the bathroom, and sit your butt on your cushion) to gratitudes with your loved ones to attending all the many daily meditation classes we offer at Indigo Yoga. Friends, this practice is EQUALLY AS IMPORTANT IF NOT MORE THAN YOUR DIET AND EXERCISE. THIS IS YOUR STATE OF MIND. DO NOT SKIP THIS PART.
- Commit to in-studio yoga 5 days a week. The other 2 days you can do other workouts or rest. Doing anything less than 5 will — for you, after having been on your mat every day — weaken your cue, routine and ritual strength, which means you won’t feel the same rewards as you do now (strength, stamina, discipline, empowerment, pride … even just for showing up …) You don’t want to weaken your momentum.
- Anytime you feel like you are getting too lose with your “margin,” commit to 5 days of disciplined Whole30 and yoga and reset. I am certain any of your Indigo30 2018 comrades would join you if you need the support!
In the meantime, here is a basic overview of a Paleo diet. As you will see there are things on here that are going to shock you and make you jump for joy! And… all in moderation. Like all things. All the time, everywhere… remember little grasshoppers … The Middle Way.
What you CAN HAVE:
• Meat – bacon too, of course, always bacon!
• White Rice
• White Potato
• Natural Sweeteners such as: raw honey, maple syrup, coconut nectar
• Dark chocolate — WHAT!! YES!! IT’S TRUE!
What Paleo suggests NOT eating
• Grains / Wheat / Gluten / Corn
• Sugar (like high-fructose corn syrup, table sugar, etc)
• Overly processed foods
There is loads and loads and LOADS of information on the internet and a gazillion books on Paleo living, so you are certainly not short of resources. My favorites are hands down Paleo Magazine and the Well Fed Magazine. My two favorite books are Practical Paleo and Paleo Comfort Foods. I know I haven’t even scratched the surface!
Bonus! Here are some of the most popular Paleo recipes as an early triumph treat!
Bonus #2, and if I didn’t love you, I wouldn’t share this with you because I’m a little covetous of it! But I love you.
Paleo Chocolate Chip Cookies
- ½ cup coconut oil room temperature
- ¾ cup coconut sugar
- 1 egg room temperature (can also use a flax egg to keep it vegan – 1 tablespoon flax meal + 2.5 tablespoons water, whisk together and let set for 10 minutes before using)
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- ½ teaspoon baking soda
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 2¼ cups (9 oz.) blanched almond flour
- 1 cup (6 oz.) chopped dark chocolate see notes
- Flaky sea salt to sprinkle on top (optional)
Beat together the coconut oil and coconut sugar until smooth. Add the egg and vanilla and mix until smooth.
Add the almond flour, salt, and baking soda to the wet ingredients. Mix until well incorporated. Fold in the chopped chocolate. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least an hour (can prepare up to 48 hours ahead of time).
When you’re ready to bake, preheat the oven to 350ºF. Use a cookie scoop to form cookies and place on a parchment lined baking sheet; press down slightly. Sprinkle with flaky sea salt if desired. Bake for 10 minutes or just beginning to turn golden brown around the edges.
To keep completely paleo, make your own chocolate or use Santa Barbara Chocolate’s Coconut Sugar Sweetened Dark Chocolate (code BAKERITA will get you $10 off).
Have a great day 28!